Living Smart with Wellbeing
"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor." Paul Hawken
"A child in a state of wellbeing is like a fish in water." Goldspink
Well-being is most usefully thought of as the dynamic process that gives people a sense of how their lives are going, through the interaction between their circumstances, activities and psychological resources or mental capital.
The concept of well-being comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Equally important for well-being is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over your life and having a sense of purpose are all important attributes of wellbeing.
The ecosystem is the fundamental capital on which all life is dependent (Suzuki 1990). Because our water quality and quantity, air quality, economic vitality, and personal wellbeing are as dependent on natural resources as they are on transportation, communications, and public safety systems, protecting ecosystems by Living Smart is essential to promoting and protecting personal and community wellbeing.
This research is taken from the Foresight project Mental Capital and Wellbeing published in October 2008.
The following tools may enable you to check in on your Wellbeing at regular intervals.
challenges, tools and games.
Useful Tips and Facts
- Eat Fresh versus processed
- Enrol in a short course
- Learn a new cooking technique
- Participate in local volunteer activities
- Swap the car for the bike
- Take time to enjoy your local natural areas